Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is warning residents not to answer “fake emails” from a supposed Department of Consumer Affairs.
The emails are not from “the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit or any other legitimate government entity” and that clicking on an attached link could allow the scammer to install malware, Carr said in a news release.
In the fraudulent email, recipients are told a complaint has been filed against their business and that they have seven days to submit a rebuttal.
The email has been reported in Georgia and South Carolina.
To avoid the scam, Carr recommended checking email addresses, reviewing the email for misspellings, grammatical errors or suspicious requests, never giving out financial or personal information to unverified sources and not opening suspicious mail.
Carr also recommended deleting the emails and reporting phishing and fake emails to the organization they from and to consider reporting the email to email providers and the FBI’s Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov.